How do y'all feel about those safe spaces at anarchist bookstores/infoshops or events, like those bookfairs?Like is it possible to have the anarchist event or bookfair be a safe space? From what I've read, leftist and/or anarchists seem to not really be "allowed" to have different opinions/pov on whichever matters because it might offend someone.I guess, I'm not clear on how anarchists events that are safe spaces are supposed to ideally function or work?For the most part, I do know what a safe space is and how some of them function, but don't really understand the anarchist version of safe space.
Like I said, if sticking it out and developing this sort of organizational 'model' is a priority for you, then I respect your choice. However, it's not the sort of thing that I consider to be worth my time or energy, and I would find it refreshing if more people came to that same conclusion. It just seems to me that too many people of a 'post-left' bent are automatically defaulting to the view that they need to work within the anarchist subculture just because they can't come up with any better ideas.
“It just seems to me that too many people of a 'post-left' bent are automatically defaulting to the view that they need to work within the anarchist subculture just because they can't come up with any better ideas.”
This. The country I live in has no post-left anarchist culture of any significance and so that leaves the option of working within traditional social anarchist culture which is so ideological that it’s ontologically and politically sterile. Not only do I find engaging with that a waste of time, it’s also really draining, like how banging your head against a brick wall isn’t only a waste of time, it’ll do damage to you. I prefer to experiment and work in my relationships with people who don’t identify as anarchists.
"I prefer to experiment and work in my relationships with people who don’t identify as anarchists."
Absolutely. That's pretty much where I'm at as well.
i was at a healing workshop several months back (not anarchist, or even overtly political for that matter), and the facilitator said that despite the fact that some folks might possibly be triggered by the somatic exercises that we were going to participate in, he was not going to create a "safe space." he said that the idea of a safe space is totally conservative, in that putting limits around what people are exploring means that they will only go as far as they are currently comfortable. he brought up that psychological healing often requires going beyond a comfortable place to challenge complacency (which, in a political context, most often takes the form of retaining the identity of victim). he challenged us to do that, both for ourselves and with each other in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. he called that creating a brave space.
by giving into a fear of vulnerability and anger, we often tend to make ourselves more fearful of bad experiences. You have to accept the things that you do without without contemplation and regret if you really want to heal.
A lot of people still want to establish suppression and morality over certain things that people say and feel because they have memories of very irritating and controlling people telling them not to do something or making them feel like they can't just be, but this just feeds the troll.
As is said in enemies of society, the only god is consequences, and that should ultimately be the only thing that we fear, not other peoples reactions.